Two Array BioPharma-invented MEK inhibitors, binimetinib (MEK162) and selumetinib, were showcased at the 50th annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). At the meeting, preliminary data for the combination of binimetinib and CDK4/6 inhibitor LEE011 (discovered by Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research in collaboration with Astex Pharmaceuticals) from a Phase 1b/2 dose-escalation study conducted by Novartis in NRAS-mutant melanoma indicates the combination demonstrated an acceptable safety profile for most patients with promising preliminary antitumor activity. Additionally, preliminary data for selumetinib showed favorable clinical activity in pediatric patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and plexiform neurofibromas (PNs).
Array BioPharma Inc. licensed worldwide rights to develop and commercialize binimetinib to Novartis in 2010 and licensed worldwide rights to develop and commercialize selumetinib to AstraZeneca PLC in 2003.
Three Phase 3 trials with binimetinib in patients with advanced cancer continue to enroll: NRAS-mutant melanoma (NEMO), low-grade serous ovarian cancer (MILO) and BRAF-mutant melanoma (COLUMBUS). NRAS-mutant melanoma represents the first potential indication for binimetinib, with a projected regulatory filing from the NRAS-mutant melanoma study estimated to be in 2015. Three pivotal trials continue to advance with selumetinib in advanced cancer patients: second-line KRAS-mutant advanced or metastatic NSCLC (SELECT-1), differentiated thyroid cancer (ASTRA) and metastatic uveal melanoma (SUMIT). In addition, AstraZeneca announced that it is considering a new Phase 3 investment in first-line KRAS-mutant NSCLC. Uveal melanoma represents the first potential indication for selumetinib, with a projected regulatory filing in 2015.
Date: June 2, 2014
Source: Array BioPharma